Don's Fly Tying - The Dolly Varden Wet

[The Dolly Varden Wet]

You can tie a fly for a particular fish species and then to either your chagrin or absolute delight, you find it works well for an entirely different type of fish! This was my experience when I tied a wet fly for those magnificent Copper River cohos a few years ago. Although I caught several coho salmon on that trip, not one was hooked on the fly we will examine in this month's article. However, the resident dolly varden trout in the Copper River just loved this fly as I landed six dollies, hooked when casting for coho. And some of the dollies were solid two pound fish although most were released with the hope that a bright, energetic coho would be next to strike! Not one did but the fly which I now call the dolly varden wet did not disappoint me when it came to catching those Copper River dollies.



Attach your black tying thread to the hook shank and secure a small amount of black kip's tail to form the tail, projecting no more than 1/4 inch past the hook bend. Then tie in a piece of gold mylar or tinsel, allowing it to flow past the hook bend about 3 inches. Next attach and wind the yellow wool from the hook bend to the hook eye and tie off. The gold tinsel should then be wrapped forward to the hook eye in 5 to 7 turns. Then attach a small amount of white polar bear (a mallard flank feather is optional) to the underside of the hook shank at the eye for a throat hackle. Again using only a small amount, tie in the blue polar bear hair to form a wing, the length of which should not extend past the end of the kip's tail. Whip finish with the black tying thread to form a head, cement and you have just created a fine dolly varden wet fly! Be sure to let me know if you find that coho salmon will also strike on this fly.

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